Featured Artist: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Well if this isn't the collaboration of the year, we don't know what is. After bumping into each other on the festival circuit and becoming instant friends, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are now gearing up to release their full-length collaborative album entitled Lotta Sea Lice. With their touring band called The Sea Lice (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach-side story), Courtney and Kurt, and CB puts it, will be "standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together". That's exactly what the album sounds like, too: "harmonies and guitarmonies galore". Delve into a preview of Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice as well as some back catalogue gems from the both of them via our playlist below. Launch Pop-Up Playlist

New Releases at TSM

Movements II by Blitz//Berlin: The sophomore offering from Blitz//Berlin entitled Movements II blends orchestral and electronic instrumentation to perfection. Wildly cinematic and dramatic, the LP is paced through methods of subtle piano and epic, intermittent swells.
Íkaros by Timberwolf: Timberwolf's Íkaros is a splendid collection of psych-rock/pop tunes that are sweeping, emotive and gliding.
Boy Afraid EP by Saro: Saro’s forthcoming EP entitled Boy Afraid is a gorgeous and personal, introspective work and it sounds like nothing else out there. Dealing with themes of disillusionment, the contemporary moment, love (and the lack thereof), we think this one will be speaking to the sync world (soulful, emotional, builds — this has it all). Where "Sky Doesn't Blue" sets impassioned male vocals to a down-tempo, trance-inducing beat, "Eyelids" sports Saro's signature dark pop through a lens of noir disco grandeur. And that's just the beginning.
Lotta Sea Lice by : Lotta Sea Lice, as Stereogum points out, is a "total hangout album", one you can picture spending a lazy afternoon on the back-porch to. It's the result of two of the world's greatest working songwriters and we couldn't be more excited to work with both of them.
Cry Cry Cry by Wolf Parade: Cry Cry Cry is Wolf Parade at their best and brightest. Anthemic with duelling guitars, Boeckner and Krug's vocals both soar and wallow across tracks. It's the band's first work since their reunion release, EP 4, and is it ever killer.
Warbly Jets by Warbly Jets: Warbly Jets's self-titled debut LP is full of rock'n'roll flare. With huge percussive energy, each tune sports crunchy, driving guitar and front-and-center, attitude-filled vocals. Pretty killer if you ask us.
A Moment Apart by ODESZA: A Moment Apart, which is a whopping 16 tracks in length, is a collection rad tunes that range anywhere from the highly anthemic "Meridian" to the emotive, thunderous and atmospheric "Corners Of The Earth ft. RY X". We think it's ODESZA at their finest.
Bird Brains EP by Holy Fuck: Experimental noise outfit Holy Fuck's Bird Brains is mind-numbingly dynamic. Equal parts electronic and organic, all four tracks breathe experimental life into driving percussion, blown-out basslines, and high-energy synth. What a ride.
Jen Cloher by Jen Cloher: Jen Cloher's self-titled forthcoming LP is, what she calls, "a classic rock album [that is] intimate without ever feeling too precious". Addressing themes of love (often referencing the pangs of a long distance relationship with partner Courtney Barnett), 'Jen Cloher' is bold, assured, and piercingly observed. Barnett even plays some extraordinary lead guitar on the record. Seat belts please!
A Moment Apart by ODESZA: ODESZA (Harrison Mills, Clayton Knight) has announced their new 16-track album ‘A Moment Apart’. The LP represents ODESZA’s growth, delivering a more mature sound through weighted atmospheres, shimmering synth lines and familiar feelings of nostalgia, optimism and hope. The album features guests include Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, and RY X, creating an eclectic mix that showcases ODESZA's dynamic range.
Coastline by Geoffroy: This is some of the catchiest electronic pop that we've heard. Geoffroy's debut LP Coastline is all about blown-out production, soaring vocals and big choruses, but with an alternative edge.
A Common Truth by Saltland: The brand new LP from Saltland makes melancholic misery out of melody. Comprised of five tracks that feature hushed alto vocals and four instrumental tracks, A Common Truth is nothing short of stunning and peaceful chamber-esque music. Birthed by Rebecca Foon (Saltland) and Warren Ellis (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), the album takes cues anywhere from freak folk to drone to chamber music.
Metromonk by Manu Delago: Celebrated Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago's Metromonk is all about dynamics and mood. With a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources, the LP is full of fresh electronic soundscapes and intriguingly beautiful touches from vocalists Douglas Dare, Pete Josef and more.
AZD by Actress: Avant-electronic artist Actress' brand new LP AZD is an artful account of minimal techno, warped hip-hop and experimental house. Laced with a dance-y haze, the album is playful yet daring.
Curao by : The forthcoming LP from producer Quantic and Colombian folklore singer Nidia Góngora called Curao is a rich and mystical account of the Colombian Pacific Coast. With infectiously danceable beats, forward-thinking production and magnetic female vocals, Curao recreates indigenous and ancestral world music with a modern and dynamic twist.
Concrete Desert by : This electronic collaboration pairs pioneering UK producer The Bug with Dylan Carlson of drone metal band Earth. The result is nothing short of chest-compressing beats that draw a long lineage spanning from dancehall to dubstep. Concrete Desert is the sonic equivalent of an apocalyptic meltdown, one that manifests as a brooding and droned-out offering.
Air Max by Dead Obies: Acting as a follow-up to Gesamtkunstwerk, Dead Obies' Air Max is a pop-leaning set of rebellious yet introspective hip-hop tunes. There's some R&B and hard-hitting trap vibes in there too.
3 O'Clock EP by Blonde Redhead: 3 O'Clock, the brand new EP by Blonde Redhead, is a wistful effort, one that sports fragrant arrangements, live strings, and Kazu Makino's irreplaceable soft vocals. Each of the four tracks breathe a new air into the Blonde Redhead legacy.
America's Velvet Glory by The Molochs: The Molochs' sophomore album America's Velvet Glory is a collection of proto-punk-y folky-rock that utilizes Modern Lovers demoes and Velvet Underground arcana as both fuel and foundation. Recorded with Jonny Bell at Long Beach's JazzCats studio, the LP ranges anywhere from lonesome minor-key melodies to 60s garage rock/pop.
Drunk by Thundercat: The highly anticipated new album from multi-instrumentalist Thundercat called Drunk is a 23-track epic journey to say the least. With a few of Thundercat's closest friends joining him along the way, including Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, Flying Lotus and others, Drunk is all R&B pounce and funky fire with a side of jazz fusion. Oh yeah, and it features two of Thundercat's heroes (and 80s icons) Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald.
Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol.1 by Fink: Released as Fink's ultra rad side project, Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol.1 is folky alternative blues full of swagger. Featuring Fin Greenall's irreplaceable vocal strength, the LP thrives with driving instrumentality and emotive swells.
Soft Animals EP + More! by Sofi Tukker: This is one of the best debuts we have ever heard... and we're not just saying that. Soft Animals packs a majorly unique punch in that it combines jungle-pop vibes with anthemic beats. With well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and the national language (Portuguese), Sofi Tukker are really hitting a sweet spot musically. While one half of the duo infuses rhythmic vocals similar to Kundalini yoga chanting, the other adds touches of early Crystal Castles and Pussy Riot. Hot damn!
Forever by SOLDOUT: Brussels-based electro duo SOLDOUT is at the top of their game with Forever. Both dark and sexy, the LP has melodies that will follow you around for days.
Bad Thing EP by PINS: Manchester-based all-girl quartet PINS's forthcoming EP entitled Bad Thing is simultaneously pop-influenced, edgy and guitar-led. The EP, featuring a track with none other than Iggy Pop as well as a Joy Division cover, is full of melodic power and shows a vigorous, more mature side to the band.
Migration by Bonobo: Migration, the highly anticipated 6th studio album from Bonobo, is at the height of electronic headphone music. The LP, featuring the likes of Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), Rhye, and Nicole Miglis, among others, captures both the melancholic, emotional lows and the joyful highs of human life. Intricate, textured and cinematic, Bonobo is at the top of his game.
RTJ3 by Run The Jewels: Gifted as a holiday surprise, RTJ3 is the third LP from the award-winning collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike, Run The Jewels. TSMer Little Shalimar is at the top of his producer game on the LP, giving RTJ3 a wildly epic bedrock on which guest collaborators like Danny Brown and Zack de la Rocha thrive.
Music To Draw To: Satellite by Kid Koala: Kid Koala's Music To Draw To: Satellite is an atmosphere in and of itself. Wildly moody and otherworldly, the LP fuses together ambient elements with minimal electronica to create an orchestral feel. Add in some delicate female vocals from Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini and bam.
Overnight by Heat: Heat's debut album, entitled Overnight finds the Montreal-based act expanding their atmospheric post-punk sound into poppier territory. All at once fresh and familiar, Overnight calls to mind both the 1970s proto-punk of NYC and the sprawling psychedelia of 90s UK shoegaze. And don't forget that signature, crooning baritone.
Park EP by : The forthcoming EP from London singer songwriter, producer, vocalist Laurel is a sophisticated offering that features melancholy melodies, velvety vocals, and a true cinematic sound. There's a lot of emotion jam-packed into just four tunes for you to dig through.
Wanna Be Bad by Pale Lips: Pale Lips' Wanna Be Bad is power-pop/punk at its very best. Filled with delicious '60s feel, CBGB's era glam, and high-energy female vocals, the debut LP will make you want to put your leather jacket on and dance. With one hell of an attitude, Pale Lips perfect simple rock 'n' roll with catchy hooks and lots of noise. What's not to love?
Time Is Golden by Big Smoke: Big Smoke is a Melbourne-based alt-country outfit that has a very rad debut LP called Time Is Golden. The record mixes rock 'n' roll, pop, country and soul sensibilities to create a modern yet timeless sound.
Glow In The Dark by Death Valley Girls: LA-based proto-punks Death Valley Girls present Glow In The Dark, the musical equivalent of what Consequence of Sound calls "leather-clad, grime-covered, rebellious fun". Simultaneously wild and sexy, the LP manifests in bursts of surf-punk with sugary harmonies that cut through the garage door.
Full Closure And No Details by Gabriella Cohen: Full Closure And No Details by Gabriella Cohen is an LP full of warm guitar-pop filled with vintage flair. Each track is a statement, often steeped in what sounds like a cross between The Velvet Underground and The Shangri-Las. The result? An overdose of girl group and doo-wop melodies with a side of some major vocal swings a la Kate Bush's theatricality or Neil Young's vocoder experiments.
Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? by Lisa LeBlanc: Lisa LeBlanc's eclectic Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? avoids any sort of sophomore slump. Featuring LeBlanc's typically cutting wit and clear-eyed cynicism, the LP trades out her brash trash-folk for a more cinematic brand of desert rock. Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? emits a brighter sound that successfully blends English folk music and Morricone scores, echoing similar experiments with vibrancy.
Fio Da Memória by Luisa Maita: Luísa Maita's Fio Da Memória is a fiercely creative record with a strong hold on left-field electro rock and shoegaze pop. With the odd nod to classic Brazilian music, the LP ventures deep into electronic territory, exploring hypnotic grooves and ethereal vocals (sung both in Portuguese and English). As World Music Central put it, "If this is what Brazil's electronic age sounds like, I'm all for it".
2003 Dream by Jarrow: Melbourne-based Jarrow has finally arrived at his debut album 2003 Dream. The 9-track offering is an astonishingly creative mix of self-produced garage pop, tongue-in-cheek humour and flourishes of psychedelia. It'll more than satisfy your craving for a bit of charming Aussie psych-pop.
Age of Everything by Wildlife: Since their debut LP in 2010, Wildlife has been reaching for a bigger sound with every release. Their forthcoming album Age of Everything is their third and most epic collection of anthemic indie-pop/rock songs. The album drives forward with pulsing percussion underneath soaring harmonies from Dean Povinsky and Derek Bosomworth whose lyrics speak nostalgically of love and friendship. The catchy melodies are powered by a passionate performance that begs you to shout along.
Honeymoon On Mars by The Pop Group: Bristol post-punk innovators The Pop Group have announced a new album, Honeymoon On Mars. The LP is a "hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies," as described by frontman Mark Stewart, and was produced by Dennis Bovell (who worked on the band's debut 1979 LP Y) and Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee. Upholding the group's utmost faith in the absolute value of noise, Honeymoon On Mars explores avant-garde, dub, free jazz, and funk elements.
Retribution by Tanya Tagaq: 2014 Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq's new record Retribution acts as a powerful follow-up to her award-winning effort, Animism. Existing as a concept album, Retribution continues to build upon Tagaq's unique and experimental approach to Inuit throat singing while exploring difficult themes of consent and the mistreatment of women, children, and the traditional lands we inhabit. The LP is unnerving and exquisite, and even concludes with a powerful cover of Nirvana's "Rape Me".
Flames & Figures by The Seshen: Flames & Figures is the second full-length album from seven-piece The Seshen, whose forward-thinking sound combines entrancing harmonies with an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop and electronic music. The LP breathes new air into bright synth swells, infectious bass lines and thumping 808 beats, exploring themes of femininity, power, illusion and loss.
A Wider Space by Groenland: Montreal-based Groenland's sophomore effort, A Wider Space, is female-lead folk pop at its very best. Produced by Marcus Paquin (Local Natives, Arcade Fire, The National), the new LP explores the power of lush string arrangements while also making room for brass and electronic elements.
Wrong by We Are Wolves: Indie rock trio We Are Wolves's new album Wrong paints a post-punk landscape, adorned with disciples of both rock and electronica. Wrong channels an electric burst of adrenaline in the form of a more refined version of what The Killers, TV On The Radio, and/or Bloc Party would sound like. Needless to say, it packs a punch.
Ping Pong by Jacuzzi Boys: Miami, FL's Jacuzzi Boys are back with their fourth album called Ping Pong. Filled to the brim with rebellious yet sun-drenched garage-pop gems, Ping Pong is that kind of album you want to be listening to, well, all the time. Interlaced with blown-out, guitar-driven riffs and catchy choruses, the Boys are sounding tighter than ever.
Brothers and Sisters by Lakuta: Brothers and Sisters, the debut album from Lakuta, references a fusion of musical styles including funk, soul, and world. Produced by the respected Nick Faber, Brothers and Sisters unearths a conversation that explores both modern and traditional approaches to Lakuta's authentic afrobeat sound. The record is full of passion and spunk, encapsulating the groovy, infectious energy that sets Lakuta apart from the rest.
Sciences Nouvelles by Duchess Says: Duchess Says‘ new album Sciences Nouvelles has finally arrived after 5 years of utter anticipation. The 10-song collection, recorded at the group's recently built studio in Montreal, juxtaposes a "characteristic vehemence with an icy electronic aesthetic", as they put it. Pulling influence from staples Bauhaus, John Carpenter, and Dead Kennedys, Sciences Nouvelles is extremely catchy synth punk/new wave that finds front-woman Annie-Claude Deschenes doing something she doesn’t do that often — singing in English. This is one for the books.
Touch by July Talk: Slated to drop September of this year, July Talk’s highly anticipated second album “Touch” is an outright rock album front-to-back. Singers Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis shout, sing, and whisper back and forth in a dynamic vocal style that capitalizes on his characteristic growling voice, and her beautiful and aggressive delivery. The pounding percussion and crunchy distorted guitar on songs like ‘John + Mary’ make for some great moshing, while the following track ‘Strange Habit’ shows a more chilled out side of the band that highlights the vocalists passionate performance.
Impossible Dream by HALEY: Seldom is there such a depth of meaning in such a beautifully performed and expertly produced album as 'Impossible Dream'. Haley Bonar is a Minnesota based singer-songwriter with a reputation for, as NPR writes, “mixing darkness and light with a deft touch”. In a voice both powerful and sweet, the single "Kismet Kill" illustrates her talent for writing emotionally charged lyrics that speak of youth, disappointment, and love, with crushing realism. Excellent production makes her voice and songwriting the highlight of this cohesive and dynamic album.
EP 4 by Wolf Parade: The band is back together and nobody is more happy about it than TSM. WOLF PARADE burst onto the scene with 2005's Apologies To Queen Mary, which went on to sell a ton and became an anthemic and defining album of the oughts. They released two more stellar albums on Sub Pop before taking a break in 2011. Their first new material since then, EP 4 showcases the guys back in form with Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner's distinctive yet complementary styles playing off each other throughout the four songs, Arlen Thompson bringing it on pounding percussion, and Dante DeCaro holding it all together. After a week-long string of sold out NYC shows to cement the return, watch for them everywhere this year.
Best Seller by Champion: Champion's 'Best Seller' is a self-produced diverse offering that is sure to make you dance. Both vibrant and festive, the LP celebrates life in an uplifting and eclectic way. Featuring electric guitar, blown out beats, and emotive blues vocals, 'Best Seller' embraces the pop world in a unique and stylized way.
Azel by Bombino: Everything about Bombino's new album 'Azel' rings of true authenticity and passion. The LP sports Bombino's Tuareg roots in tandem with rock, blues and psych influences, resulting in a diverse mix of R&B, Caribbean dance-hall, poppy melodic guitar, and driving rhythm. Overall the vibe this time around, his first release on Partisan, is joyous and warm, a celebration of an album and you're all invited.
Sorrow (A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony) by Colin Stetson: 'Sorrow' is Colin Stetson's reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony and his first solo album since 2013. Featuring contributions from Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) and Greg Fox (of Liturgy), Colin’s reimagining breathes new life into the hauntingly beautiful melodies of Gorecki. Introducing modern instrumentation to the sweeping movements creates a harmonious wall of sound, giving it a powerfully cinematic feel.
Hold/Still by SUUNS: Suuns has teamed up with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton to make their third studio album, 'Hold/Still'. The result is a deeply textured and meticulously arranged demonstration of their inspiring ability to combine analog and electronic elements. The driving percussion and menacing basslines complement the haunting guitar riffs in a beautiful tension that explores Suuns' momentum-filled nature. There really is no substitute.
Blue Wave by Operators: Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) most recent project Operators have announced their electric debut album 'Blue Wave'. Produced by Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh, 'Blue Wave' is an instance of explosive electronica that features Boeckner's signature vocal timbre atop techno pulses, fuzzy synths, and driving percussion. This is music to dance to.
Hurt & The Merciless by The Heavy: The Heavy's 'Hurt & The Merciless' is a soaring soul effort, one that creates a hard-hitting blend of their trademark rock'n'roll classicism, funk, and experimentalism. Self-produced, the LP captures the powerful blasts of the bands' live show, and proves to be relentless, tough, and gritty all at once. 'Hurt & The Merciless' is The Heavy's most sync-worthy batch of songs yet.
Wa Di Yo by Lakou Mizik: Lakou Mizik, a diverse collection of musicians, brings a breath of fresh air to Haitian roots music on their debut offering 'Wa Di Yo'. Filled with gospel ballads, folk songs, and Vodou chants, the record amalgamates French, African, and Caribbean influences in order to create that vibrant, accessible sound in which world music thrives.
A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion by Programm: Programm's debut album 'A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion' is a masterful hybrid of electronic-rock and psychedelic shoegaze with a controlled, cinematic structure. Dark yet accessible, the LP in full is filled with melody-laden emotion that hits the sweet spot between Portishead, Broadcast, and The Horrors.
Supreme Deity by King Britt: King Britt's 'Supreme Deity' is truly an expansive offering, both in sonic landscape and duration. Created for the Roland Corporation's Aira instrument line, the project offers up a masterful mix of space jazz, afro-futurism, fragmented techno, and deep bass music, all of which leaves a lot to play with when marrying to picture.
Water Water EP by HUMANS: March 4/16 marks the highly anticipated return of Juno-nominated electronic-pop duo HUMANS with their sixth offering to-date. Entitled 'Water Water', the EP features HUMANS' signature slick production style and smooth, melodically-inclined vocal delivery. 'Water Water EP' is truly filled to the brim with seductive electro pulses that belong on any crowded dance floor.
Microphones and Sofas by : Jago's debut LP entitled ‘Microphones and Sofas’ offers up a '90s jungle, reggae, and future dancehall-inspired mix of tracks that pays its dues to a deep political history of sound clash battles. Featuring collaborations with RTKal, Ed West, and Ghost Writerz (among others), Jago's debut album hammers home quick-witted and highly conscious lyrics via a forward-thinking future-bass sound that would compliment any scene.
Light The Sky by Radio Radio: Radio Radio's latest release 'Light The Sky' comes fully equipped with a string of high-energy party anthems. Rooted in electro-flavored hip-hop, 'Light The Sky' is a collection of bold bangers, all of which are irresistibly upbeat and radio-ready.
Gesamtkunstwerk by Dead Obies: Genre-bending Quebecois hip-hop/electronic crew Dead Obies made quite the impression with their 2013 debut LP Montréal $ud. They are now returning to the forefront of the scene with their follow up album 'Gesamtkunstwerk', to be released on March 4th. The record sees the South Shore bunch moving into new territory and drawing from a wide array of influences, spawning from Rage Against the Machine to Quebec folk music, as well as taking on some deep lyrical subject matters such as “commitment, the balance of power between truth and falsehood, the notion of individuals connecting around spectacle, etc”.
New Misery by Cullen Omori: Following the success Smith Westerns, Cullen Omori returns as a solo act with debut album 'New Misery' (out March 18/16 via Sub Pop). 'New Misery' is an 11-track instance of guitar-fueled anthemic rock that radiates synth-heavy warmth. It's truly a psychedelic wall of sound filled to the brim with dreamy melodies and colorful pop hooks. Omori's 'New Misery' is the perfect feel-good soundtrack for any time of year.
Wabi-Sabi by Cross Record: Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski are the Austin, TX-based husband/wife duo who together are Cross Record. The act's debut full-length 'Wabi-Sabi', recorded at their very own Texan ranch, is at times quiet and serene and at others loud and stirring. 'Wabi-Sabi', featuring contributions from Thor Harris (Swans, Bill Callahan), is filled to the brim with Cross' wispy female vocals alongside the brooding intensity of booming drums, thick guitar and destabilized electronics. Think Daughter, but louder.
Rubble Kings: The Album by Little Shalimar: Rubble Kings’ original soundtrack is expertly crafted by Little Shalimar (known for his work with Run The Jewels) who builds dark and tense beats that set the backdrops for the lyrical prowesses of renowned MCs such as Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, El-P, eXquire and Ka among others.
Colour Theory by Submotion Orchestra: After the success of 2014’s 'Alium', Submotion Orchestra raise the bar yet again with their new album entitled 'Colour Theory'. Renowned for their “smoky jazz, skittering live percussion and swooping synths” (Mojo), the band has shaped a record of immense poise and epic scope, where attention to detail has resulted in a new dynamism with contemporary sheen. From broken-house to smooth, epic jazz and slick R&B, 'Colour Theory' has it all.
If He Dies, If If If If If If by Jerusalem In My Heart: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, alongside fellow Montreal artist Charles-André Coderre, returns with 'If He Dies, If If If If If If', a second full-length album from his acclaimed Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) project, conceived and recorded in his dual homes of Montréal and Beirut. 'If He Dies, If If If If If If' is an adventurous, scrupulous, impassioned and highly original work of modern contemporary Arabic music and a gratifying sign that Jerusalem In My Heart is situating itself in recorded works with the same thoughtful and dynamic intensity previously accessible only in live performances. (Needless to say, JIMH continues to be a must-see live act as well.)
Happy Damage by Jacuzzi Boys: After having laid low for a little while, following the release of their self-titled third full-length album, the Jacuzzi Boys are back with an explosive EP ‘Happy Damage’, released on their very own newly formed label Mag Mag. The 6 tracks on the EP carry the stamp of the unapologetic Floridian band that first saw the light of day in Miami back in 2007. The Jacuzzi Boys’ sound hits hard and fast, with heavy garage riffs and distorted vocals that mesh with the instrumentation into powerful waves of punk-like energy and fuzzy textures, headed straight for lo-fi rock paradise.
Bleeds by Roots Manuva: Not only one of Britain’s greatest musical artists, but one of the greatest lyricists full stop, Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, ‘Bleeds’. In the past, Smith has collaborated with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most concise and focused record to date since his breakthrough, ‘Run Come Save Me.’
Full Closure And No Details by Gabriella Cohen: There's a certain 70's-esque American feel to Gabriella Cohen's new record 'Full Closure and No Details'. The album, recorded in a country house in Australia with longtime friend and collaborator Kate Dillon, breathes an air of nostalgia in both arrangement and vocals. It's almost as if Cohen hails from a bygone era, one that is eccentric and delicate. 'Full Closure and No Details' was also self-produced by Cohen herself.
Little Mourning by Milk & Bone: Milk & Bone released their debut album 'Little Mourning' on March 17/15 and is it ever something. Existing as a longlisted nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, 'Little Mourning' combines both Lafond-Beaulne and Poliquin's mastery to create electro-pop melodies that are both dreamy and harrowing. The eight songs in entirety feature smooth electronic textures and layered synths, where the duo's complimentary vocals sound truly inseparable. Milk & Bone's mesmerizing harmonies look into the darker aspects of love, friendship and lust.
Tiny Pause by Yppah: Yppah (pronounced “Yippah”), is a lush mix of beautiful and often times melancholic electronica, breakbeat drums and samples with washed out melodies set in an atmospheric landscape. New release 'Tiny Pause' is out early October 2015.
Foam Island by : UK duo Darkstar return with their third album 'Foam Island' (released via Warp Records). While their last album 'News From Nowhere' (2013) dealt with tripped out, pastoral psychedelia, 'Foam Island' sees Darkstar return to a more beat-driven style of electronic production. It’s expansive and cinematic, where everything from the minimalism of Philip Glass, the left-field pop of Micachu, and the grime rhythms of Dexplicit are channeled into the duo’s sublime vocal craft.
b’lieve i’m goin down... by Kurt Vile: Kurt Vile's latest album does his own myth making: a man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, through the dustbowl history of woody honest straight forward talk Guthrie, and a California canyon dead still night floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodiless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter up cycling. In Kurt's words, "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch -- not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable."
Ruff by : For their fifth full-length album, Born Ruffians return with their captivating pop energy and a newfound edge added to their indie rock brand. Recorded by Jeff McMurrich and mixed by Rusty Santos, “Ruff” features both jumpy guitar-driven tunes as well as slower numbers, more on the reflective side of things. The lyrics delivered by Luke Lalonde translate feelings of youthful defiance and subversive self-assertiveness that are bound to get you up and dancing.
Edition 1 by King Midas Sound: King Midas Sound (aka The Bug, Roger Robinson, and Kiki Hitomi) are known best for their sub-electronic lovers' rock, and the slowest mutation of narco hip-hop that you could imagine. 'Edition 1' reels of heartbreak, despair, disappearance, and displacement, all the while focusing its utmost energy on wide-ranging electronica and blue emotional lyricism.

New Signings

King Tuff: King Tuff is the neo-garage alter ego of multifaceted musician Kyle Thomas. Adopting the moniker in his teens as a play on his initials and the name King Tut, Thomas wouldn't begin playing as Tuff until 2006, when he self-released an album via CD-R between playing with freaky folk revivalists Feathers and J. Mascis' stoner metal band Witch. His full-length debut, Was Dead, arrived in October 2008 for the Colonel label, introducing his anthemic lo-fi sonics to the masses. Touring with Hunx & His Punx and Witch, and releasing an album with his off-kilter power pop band Happy Birthday, put the Tuff project on the back burner until 2011, when a split single with Hex Dispensers arrived. A year later, he teased his follow-up album with the Wild Desire single for Suicide Squeeze before offering the full monty, simply called King Tuff, which made the jump to the revered Sub Pop label and found Tuff expanding the musical palette to show his yen for retro-pop melodies. He returned in 2014 with third album Black Moon Spell, a fuzzy eruption of glam rock and funky garage pop produced by the Go's Bobby Harlow.
Saro: Los Angeles native Saro’s masterful pop-noir takes you on a genre-bending journey that cuts deep to the heart but is simultaneously elegant and alluring. His signature, soaring falsetto, rides atop brooding synths and unique instrumentation that goes from downtempo alt/R&B to electronic, orchestral works that strike a gracefully, cinematic tone.
Morgan Kibby: A classical pianist, cellist, vocalist, producer and composer, multi-talented Morgan Kibby has an oeuvre that spans many genres, medias and interests. A post-high school gap year turned into a 7 year creative journey, during which she was a writer, keyboard player and vocalist on two M83 albums and tour cycles ('Saturdays=Youth' & 'Hurry Up We’re Dreaming'). The culmination of this partnership was her first platinum single with “Midnight City,” a Grammy nomination and headlining the Hollywood Bowl.

As a writer, producer and performer, Kibby has co-written with Panic! at the Disco on their platinum and Grammy nominated album 'Death of a Bachelor', released solo material under the moniker White Sea, remixed over 20 tracks from Britney Spears to Jose Gonzalez and sang on trailers for Harry Potter and Lady In The Water and scored the critically acclaimed French film Bang Gang, she has been described by Rolling Stone as "epic and ardent," while LA Weekly coined her "LA's renaissance woman of pop.”

Kibby collaborated with Wolvesmouth chef Craig Thornton on his Lucy Walker-directed documentary for The New Yorker and contributed score and sound design to his latest art installation, which opened at MOCA in Los Angeles. Kibby was selected for the Sundance Composer Lab, spending two weeks at the iconic Skywalker Sound in Marin County.  

Most recently, Kibby has made her first foray into television composition, scoring 2 Sentence Horror Story, as well as the documentary series Finding Genius. She has contributed vocal production to David Campbell’s most recent score for Finding Fellini, just wrapped the upcoming documentary Interior Motives, and is preparing for three upcoming narrative features: The Amaranth, Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun and Spell. Kibby has just wrapped Fear Us Women by Oscar-nominated director David Darg.
JR JR: With an ear for Brian Wilson-esque harmony, JR JR swirl indie pop, folk, and electronic elements into one breezy package. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with typical irreverence, the duo of Joshua Epstein (also of the Silent Years) and Daniel Zott came together in Detroit in 2009. Working out of a basement studio, the pair worked to create a sound that was danceable without sacrificing anything in the songwriting department, merging intricate and airy melodies with solid programmed beats and synth atmospherics.
Warbly Jets: Ask Julien O'neill how Warbly Jets fits into LA's music scene and he'll have a simple answer for you: They don't. They exist out there in the ether—caught somewhere in between yesterday and today, where massive rock 'n' roll melodies brush up against skittish breakbeats, swoon-worthy strings, and laser-guided synth lines. Then again, water doesn't fit into the LA scene either but we still need it to live.
Jen Cloher: After graduating from acting at NIDA, Jen Cloher decided to make music. In 2006 she released her debut album Dead Wood Falls as Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, garnering an Aria nomination for Best Female Artist. A twist of events saw Jen relocate to New Zealand for two years where she continued to write. After a brief hiatus she returned to Melbourne enlisting the talents of Laura Jean, Biddy Connor and Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins) and recorded her second album Hidden Hands (2009).

In 2010 The Endless Sea disbanded and Jen took time out to experiment with new sounds, returning in 2013 with her third album In Blood Memory. With Courtney Barnett on guitar, Bones Sloane on bass and Jen Sholakis on drums In Blood Memory is regarded by many as her strongest work to date. It was nominated for Australia’s most prestigious music award, the Australian Music Prize in 2013. Jen’s fourth studio album will be released in 2017 through Milk! Records.
Geoffroy: Montreal-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoffroy is stellar electronic pop that fans of Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, SOHN, or Sylvan Esso fans will gravitate towards. Geoffroy carefully crafts a solid mix of experimental percussion, analog synth, melodic guitar and soaring vocals that is unlike anything else.
Sofi Tukker: SOFI TUKKER’s success was anything but planned. The band’s very existence happened haphazardly after Sophie Hawley-Weld met Tucker Halpern during an art show at Brown University, where they both happened to be performing. It only took a couple of months before the NYC-based duo penned their viral track “Drinkee”, which has since been featured in an Apple Watch Ad, racked up over 20 million Spotify streams, and received a Grammy nomination. The song was the first they ever wrote, and became the backbone of their wildly successful EP, Soft Animals. The duo’s unprecedented success with their first EP has left countless fans anticipating their next collection of songs, which will combine a guitar-led edge with the playfulness and myriad of international influences that has made their current catalogue of songs attain such recognition. Having already gotten as close to cultural world domination as a young act can get, SOFI TUKKER’s future is looking brighter than ever
AM: AM is a wildly prolific songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ based in Los Angeles. Not only has he toured with AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thievery Corporation, AM has become a household name in licensing with placements in commercials for Lexus, Victoria's Secret and Best Buy, TV shows like Narcos and Criminal Minds, etc. Like a true chameleon, AM's sound spans anywhere from 70s influenced folk to stadium-level pop/rock to electro soul.

AM most recently released his full-length album "Precious Life" produced with Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters) after making waves with electro-funk project AM & Shawn Lee. Since their debut "Celestial Electric" and most recent album "Outlines" the duo has toured the world electrifying stages with their own brand of retro-future soul.

Broadening his songwriting and production chops further, AM has a myriad of new music projects slated for release. Debut's from electro-pop girl group Headband, hard hitting rock groups Arch Leaves and Grand Mystic, and a new pop funk project Miami Young, will continue to reveal AM's boundless versatility as a songwriter and producer.

AM also works as a composer for film and television, most recently creating original music for HBO's Sesame Street and he has been tapped to score the upcoming United Film House feature Ride The 9. A self described vintage soundtrack and library music obsessive, AM co-hosts Rendezvous, a like-minded DJ collective in Los Angeles. He is executive producing the first ever up-coming documentary film "The Library Music Film" with Shawn Lee and is set to release his first vintage library compilation of previously unreleased television and film music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Molochs: The Molochs is an LA-based duo that make proto-punk garage rock that pulls influence from their sun-soaked hometown's past. With nods to a little Stones and Kinks in there too, The Molochs effortlessly nail that Sunset Strip '66 vibe by taking the past apart without trying to recreate it. Dive in.
Holy Fuck: There is nothing out there quite like Holy Fuck. Taking the world by surprise in 2005, the quartet—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band—sports a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Unapologetically instrumental, noisy, and filled with sonic repercussions of low-budget hi-tech toys, Holy Fuck offer tracks that are, according to Pitchfork, "as pummelling as they are danceable".
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, fronted by New Zealand-born, Portland-based Ruban Nielson, has that rare ability to both utilize and explore the roots of psychedelia to invent a brand new narrative. Known best for the unhinged psych-soul ballads on 'II' and the wildly cathartic and up-beat 'Multi-Love', UMO never fails to implement a dizzying feeling of airy, humid-ness against your temples by way of a psychedelic canvas built out of re-wired old synthesizers, intertwined guitar and trumpet and bouncing bass.
Blonde Redhead: Not many bands can handle long careers and continue to evolve from record to record: Blonde Redhead holds a place in this category. In the nearly 25 years of their career, the acclaimed New York-based trio has wandered through the noise rock of their early years, to the refined dreampop of Misery Is A Butterfly, to the sensual electronic textures of 2014’s Barragán. Despite the variety of styles, the band has always been able to keep a personality and a unique identity that is easily recognizable.

Fresh from the Numero box set Masculin Féminin (September 2016)and the remix album Freedom of Expression on Barragan (March 2016) , Japanese-born Kazu Makino and twin Italian-Americans Amedeo and Simone Pace have returned with a new EP, titled 3 O'CLOCK. The EP was released March 10th, 2017 on Asa Wa Kuru Records under license to Italian label Ponderosa Music & Art.

This melancholic EP, with an aromantic graft, follows the tour that, in 2016, saw Blonde Redhead reinvent their cult album Misery Is A Butterfly with a string quartet. The new atmospheres developed during this tour emerge occasionally in the pieces of 3 O’CLOCK, as the band pushes even more in the direction of a massive presence of strings and wind instruments such as the viola, cello, violin, clarinet, oboe, flute and trumpet. The EP was made with the help of, among others, the string quartet ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), and Eyvind Kang, an American composer and violinist who collaborated with Blonde Redhead on Misery Is A Butterfly and the latest tour in support of the album.
Quilt: Quilt, formed in late 2008 in Boston, MA is comprised of Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski, Keven Lareau and Taylor McVay who all met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Known for their accessible psychedelic indie rock/pop vibe, the band started out by releasing a homemade tape in 2009 and toured DIY-style in a 1993 Buick Roadmaster. From there, Quilt caught the attention of Mexican Summer and released their widely-known self-titled debut in November 2011. The year 2014 saw the release of 'Held In Splendor' and Quilt's third full-length record 'Plaza' was released in 2016.
Sarah Neufeld: Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in Montréal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, and most recently as half of an exciting new duo with renowned saxophonist Colin Stetson. Across the board, Neufeld's ear for the textures and sensibilities of contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk and indie rock music is nothing short of perfection.
Pale Lips: Pale Lips is singer Jackie, bassist Jamie, guitarist Ilona and drummer Lynn. Formed in 2013, this all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band has strutted their stuff on stage, opening for the likes of C.J. Ramone, The Queers, Paul Collins Beat, Nobunny and Belgian punk rockers The Kids. It's more than just four girls playing rock 'n' roll with a delicious '60s feels. It's full-on power-pop that touches on CBGB's era punk and glam with infectious attitude.
Death Valley Girls: Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden’s series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band’s moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang,” from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).
Nyssa: Nyssa is the producer and performer of her own sequin-encrusted beats, powerhouse vocals, and picaresque persona. Raised on the glitz and glam of yesteryear, Nyssa flips the script on masculinity in rock and roll, blitzing the boys’ club to pave the way for all of the bad girls. She uses her lyrical prowess to explore themes of modern-day feminine malaise, sexuality, and androgyny.

The Clyde Otis Music Group: The Clyde Otis Music Group is a classic soul, R'n'B and hip hop catalog that includes some of the most widely covered and sampled works to date. Producers, writers and artists including Drake, Van Morrison, Notorious B.I.G, Michael Buble, Sharon Jones, Jamie XX, ASAP MOB, and Christina Aguilera have tapped into The Clyde Otis Music Group over the past few decades to find classic, soulful songs, interpreting them into modern versions or by sampling Otis' writing. These and other modern iterations prove the catalog's everlasting wealth of catchy choruses and classic hooks and that strong songwriting is the pillar of timeless music. 

Clyde Otis remains an important historical figure in music from several angles: as a songwriter, a self-made producer, and A&R man. He wrote over 800 songs, responsible for a slew of chart toppers during his four-decade career. Otis was also among the first wave of songwriters who fought major labels for the right to keep his publishing while simultaneously working as a writer and producer. In 1958, his work caught the ear of the head of Mercury Records, and Otis was hired that year as the first African-American A&R executive for a major label. During his four short years with the label, Otis helped the company earn over $100 million in revenues, remarkably penning 33 of 51 hits for Mercury in 1962 alone.

Throughout his career, Clyde Otis worked and wrote with Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, BB King, the Isley Brothers, Dinah Washington and Wilson Pickett. His strength as a songwriter and producer was not limited to the sounds of the 1960s, and Otis saw success while living and writing in Nashville in the country music scene, working with Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pride, and Randy Travis.
Lakes of Canada: Founded in 2010 in Montreal, Lakes of Canada is a five-piece progressive folk-rock group with gospel and soul vocal harmonies. Lakes of Canada was voted #2 Best Local Folk Act and #10 Best Local Act in CULT Montreal’s “Best of Montreal 2014” reader’s poll. They have performed across Canada and been featured at Festivals including POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Festival Folk sur la Canal, M for Montreal, NXNE, and in 2012 won Best Band of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.
Bombino: Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré, not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page.
Barely Dressed Records: Barely Dressed Records is the brainchild of Australian music gurus Katie Besgrove and Nick O’Byrne. In true indie fashion, the artist management duo created the label out of enthusiasm for the artists they love and support. They don’t claim to be pushing any boundaries, just doing what labels should do, which is to treat artists with the respect and care they deserve. Launching the label with the release of ‘Beloved’ by New Gods, Barely Dressed Records set a passionately heartfelt tone that reflects a genuine love for good and honest music.

They have since followed it up with impressive releases including Jess Ribeiro’s “Kill It Yourself” which marks a rebirth of sorts for the artist. After years on the road, her collaboration with Mick Harvey (PJ Harvey, The Bad Seeds) has proved to be a spark of inspiration, driving her sweet voice into an edgy, and at times ethereal direction. We also look forward to the upcoming release of 'Stadium Cake', the debut LP from the immensely talented duo, Oh Pep! Pepita Emerichs and Olivia Hally use violin and acoustic guitar in combination with electronic instruments and programmed percussion to create a beautifully compelling sound. Great things are bound to come from this incredible group of artists.
Wishkaah: Wishkaah is the new project from ctznshp's Jesse LeGallais. His debut album 'I Must Be Dreaming Of You' is a collection of spaced out love songs for a doomed future. It was written and recorded at LeGallais' home studio in Montreal over the winter of 2016 while he was recovering form surgery.
Timberwolf: Rising Australian Indie / Alt / Rock Artist Timberwolf is the moniker for Christopher Panousakis, a 24 year-old singer/songwriter from Adelaide, South Australia.

Timberwolf’s highly anticipated and long awaited debut album is due for release in late 2016 / early 2017. Having taken influences from psych rock and hip hop sounds dating back to the 60’s, Timberwolf’s debut album is set to be a big step up and away from his previous two EP releases.

Rolling Stone - “'There's a lot of talk about this 24 year old Adelaide-based artist, and with good reason - his lyrics are poignant, his music captivating, his motives pure”
Cross Record: Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski are the Austin, TX-based husband/wife duo who together are Cross Record. The act make stirring yet sultry alt-rock that can be both quiet and serene and loud and spooky. Lead by Cross' wispy female vocals, the duo sport a brooding intensity through thick guitar, destabilized electronics, and heartbeat-like percussion. Think Daughter, but louder.
Jerusalem In My Heart: Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) has been a live audio-visual happening since 2005, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at its core. Moumneh is a Lebanese national who has spent a large part of his adult life in Canada and has been a fixture of the Montréal independent music community from his early days as guitarist in various notable 90s bands to his tireless activity as a sound engineer and producer over the last decade. Moumneh is also active in the Beirut and Lebanese experimental music scenes, where he spends a few months every year.
Cullen Omori: Former frontman of the now defunct Smith Westerns, Cullen Omori returns with a new solo project via Sub Pop. A self-described “Friend to All/Sad Guy Serenader/Washed Up Superstar,” Omori’s new music picks up where Smith Westerns left off: bright, jangly pop with earwormy hooks and sharp writing. His debut is out 2016 on Sub Pop.
Jacuzzi Boys: The year, 2007. The Boys, Jacuzzi. Hatched inside a vulture's nest, Jacuzzi Boys emerged from deep within the Florida wilds, three radioactive chicks cawing for their piece of electric rock pie. With 'No Seasons (Florida's Dying)' they freaked their way through the swamps, a psycho stomp of a record, all hallucinations and hand claps. 'Glazin'' (Hardly Art) found a more polished sound. They installed AC units inside their mobile homes, found a way to turn neon into ice cubes. Now, with their third full-length, the self-titled 'Jacuzzi Boys', they're going grand, building limestone monuments to those that boogied before them, while writing hypnotic ear worms by the light of a cigarette. Gone is the swamp-thing snarl. In it's place, the indestructible cool of the casino slot-jockey with nothing to lose.
Gabriella Cohen: You may know her as the front woman of rock ‘n’ roll band The Furrs, but Gabriella Cohen as her own musical entity is a unique songwriter who mixes eclectic pop with honest lyricism. Cohen has established herself as an enigmatic songstress who sings of bittersweet woes, all the while being backed by a full band. Her sound is truly infectious, as heard on early 2016's 10-track album titled 'Full Closure And No Details'.
Milk & Bone: Milk & Bone is a new Montreal-based project founded by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin. Both studio and touring musicians, they met when Electronic-Pop band Misteur Valaire invited them to sing on their most recent album 'Bellevue Avenue'. Milk & Bone was then officially named and born as a duo known for their deeply hypnotic harmonies and ethereal, airy production style. It's no surprise that their debut album 'Little Mourning' (via Bonsound) was instantly longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2015.
Little Shalimar: Little Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz) is a multi-instrumentalist / producer / DJ whose musical scope transcends genre norms and draws from hip-hop, rock, afro-Cuban, Latin, electro, and beyond. The half-Lebanese Kentucky Colonel has worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, TV On The Radio, Steve Arrington, and Chin Chin (of which he’s a founding member).

Little Shalimar is also known for his collaborations with Run The Jewels. In addition to co-producing both of the widely praised RTJ albums (as well as El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure) and the cat-centric remix album Meow The Jewels, Schwartz composes for film and TV – most recently for Shan Nicholson’s Rubble Kings (2015), a chronic of life in New York from 1968 to 1975, when gangs ruled over the city. The documentary features both Shalimar’s original score and signature production style on lead single from the OST “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)” by Run The Jewels.
Kurt Vile: Kurt Vile isn't your traditional American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer. No, he's so much more. Best known for his solo career (accompanied by his backing band The Violators) as well as his time with The War On Drugs, Vile does his own myth making as a man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything. His new album 'b'lieve i'm goin down...' (released Sept 25/15 via Matador Records) encapsulates his energy as a musical force that spans from the "valley of ashes" of Guthrie all the way to the Cali canyons.
BADBADNOTGOOD: BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rulebook on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.
With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional "standard" applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.
The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. Since then, they've won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, and Danny Brown among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.
Now, the inseparable friends have released their biggest project to date 'III' on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group's newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.
Patrick Krief: Patrick Krief is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician currently residing in Montreal. He released his debut solo EP Take It Or Leave in 2007 under the name of Krief and released his critically acclaimed solo album Hundred Thousand Pieces in 2013 on the label Rock Ridge Music. Krief produced/mixed the record and played nearly all the instruments himself (drums, piano, keys, bass, guitar, percussion and vocals); he also composed the complex, melodically independent string, brass and choir arrangements. He is also known as the guitarist/co-writer of The Dears since 2004, a Canadian indie rock band founded in 1995, and a band member of Black Diamond Bay with who he released the album Calm Awaits in 2009.
Marc Ribot: Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban Son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a "down-in-mouth-near master piece" by the Village Voice and has landed on several “Best of 2010” lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board. 2013 saw the release of “Your Turn” (Northern Spy), the sophomore effort from Ribot’s post-rock/noise trio Ceramic Dog, and 2014 saw the monumental release: “Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard” (Pi Recordings). Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line” (Mangold), "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed" (Scorcese).
Programm: Toronto-based Programm was formed in 2009 by the likes of Jackie Game, Jacob Soma, Mark Plishewsky, and Andrew Reesor. The core foursome fuse together psychedelia electronica with distorted-sounding shoegaze. It's obsession at first listen.
HUMANS: Presently situated at the heart of the creative breeding ground that is East Vancouver, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq come from Nelson BC and Montreal with distinct perspectives. When Slade and Ricq get together as HUMANS, they assume the roles of producers and composers. They are a dynamic live indie electronic pop act in the vein of LCD Soundsystem, Jamie XX and Junior Boys that can impress audiophiles with their technical skills while curating a vibrant dance floor experience like a proper DJ would.

In HUMANS, Slade performs guitar, microKORG synthesizers, Roland SPD-S sampler, and lead vocals. Ricq plays what he calls cheap-ass electronic gear, including a Korg Electribe ESX synthesizer/sampler, a Roland MC-505 groovebox, an Elektron Octatrack sampler, and the microKORG vocoder, while contributing backup vocals.
Eliot Kessel: Eliot Kessel, co-collaborator of sister and fellow musician Lia Ices, is an extraordinaire of production and composition. Bringing his background in jazz composition and synthesis to the foreground, Kessel caught the attention of many because of his songwriting and producing contributions to Lia Ices' 'Ices'. The two worked in tandem to produce Ices' glorious indie pop offering, one that hints towards just how much talent Kessel has up his sleeve. Eliot, who also goes by "Benny Sagittarius" (the production moniker for him and his sister Lia), is a multifaceted force to be reckoned with, and this is only the beginning.
Courtney Barnett: Welcome to the world of Courtney Barnett – a hot, hazy place where ‘suburban banalities’ and ‘mindless procrastination’ have never sounded so compelling. Through a series of DIY releases and shows back home, to snowballing acclaim, the Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter has created a candid lyrical space for her growing legions of devotees.

Having already started to take things worldwide with her first LP collection, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, she cemented that stature with highly acclaimed sophomore LP Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, and a trail of live appearances in her wake including a crushing performance of "Avant Gardner" on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. Courtney observes the world as it is, wrapped in distorted guitars and clever hooks.
De Lux: L.A.’s De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013. Founders and multi-instrumentalists Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco didn’t meet so much as simply appear to each other, sometime before high school ended and after learning to correctly fall off skateboards began. Even at age 18, however, it was the kind of connection that had been years in the making. Sean had been writing songs since he was 15 and had spent recent years recording and re-recording his own songs. And Isaac had been on a strict diet of classic and obscure disco and boogie music since he too was 15, figuring out the original source of hip-hop’s greatest samples thanks to an older brother with a DJ sideline and an enviable collection.

"Voyage" is their debut on L.A's Innovative Leisure label. With lead track “Better At Making Time,” De Lux roars through Psychedelic Furs or Duran Duran-style pop (“Love Is A Phase”), delivers shouts and whispers like James Murphy at his most frantic (“Make Space”), sinks into Eno-esque moments of bliss (“On The Day”) and rockets through the agit-funk David Byrne-style rave-up finale “Sometimes Your Friends Are Not Your Friends.”
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